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Meeting of the Parliament

Wednesday 17 January 2007

Note: (DT) signifies a decision taken at Decision Time.

The meeting opened at 2.00 pm.

1. Time for Reflection: Maureen McIntyre, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, led Time for Reflection.

2. Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1: The Minister for Education and Young People (Hugh Henry) moved S2M-5338—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

3. Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill – Financial Resolution: The Deputy Minister for Education and Young People (Robert Brown) moved S2M-5363—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) and any charge or payment of a kind referred to in paragraph 4 of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

4. Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: The Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform (Mr Tom McCabe) moved S2M-5334—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 108, Against 1, Abstentions 10).

5. Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-5398—That the Parliament endorses the principle of giving consumers an effective voice as set out in the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 16November 2006, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

The motion was agreed to (DT).

6. Further Education and Training Bill – UK Legislation: The Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning (Allan Wilson) moved S2M-5399—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Further Education and Training Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 20 November 2006, relating to the devolved matters of training and employment, toalter the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers in respect of services to share information and assistance in relation to employment and training, and in respect of industrial training levies, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

After debate, the motion was agreed to ((DT) by division: For 88, Against 30, Abstentions 1).

7. Business Motion: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5422—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 24 January 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Debate on the draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 25 January 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Crofting Reform etc. Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Public Services and Communities;
Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Standards and Public Appointments Committee 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Reports 2006: Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill

followed by Debate on the draft Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2007

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 31 January 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 1 February 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;
Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

The motion was agreed to.

8. Membership of Committee: Ms Margaret Curran, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, moved S2M-5420—That the Parliament agrees that Peter Peacock be appointed to replace Sarah Boyack on the Environment and Rural Development Committee.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (DT).

9. Decision Time: The Parliament took decisions on items 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 as noted above.

10. Dennistoun Dispersal Order: The Parliament debated S2M-5368 in the name of Paul Martin—That the Parliament welcomes the success of the dispersal order in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow; notes that the dispersal order has been widely welcomed by residents who live in the Dennistoun area; recognises the importance of ensuring that the legal remedies provided by the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 are enforced; congratulates Strathclyde Police E Division on its commitment to ensuring that the dispersal order introduced on 13 October 2006 is a success, and believes that steps should be taken to ensure that a comprehensive exit plan is in place after the dispersal notice expires, that there is a local plan to ensure that local youth diversionary activities are in place and that an independent evaluation is carried out.

The meeting closed at 6.48 pm.

P E Grice
Clerk of the Parliament
17 January 2007

Appendix
(Note: this Appendix does not form part of the Minutes)

Subordinate Legislation

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the Parliament on 15 January 2007 and are subject to annulment—

The Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/2

laid under section 7B(5) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1975

The Argyll and Bute Council (Pilotage Powers) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/3)

laid under section 30(1) and (2) of the Pilotage Act 1987

The Road Works (Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/4)

laid under section 163(2) of the New Roads and Street Works 1991

The following instrument was laid before the Parliament on 17 January 2006 and is subject to annulment

The Drugs Assessor (Qualifications and Experience) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/8)

laid under section 103(3) of the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006

Other Documents

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 15 January 2007 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

sportscotland Lottery Fund Annual Review 2005-06 (SE/2007/3)

laid under section 35 of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993

The following document was laid before the Parliament on 17 January 2006 and is not subject to any Parliamentary procedure

Scottish Local Government Financial Statistics 2005-06 (SE/2007/1)

Committee Reports

The following report was published on 12 January 2007

Justice 1 Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 715)

The following report was published on 15 January 2007

Communities Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 717)

The following reports were published on 16 January 2007—

Subordinate Legislation Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 716)

Communities Committee 2nd Report 2007 (Session 2): Stage 1 Report on the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill (SP Paper 718)

The following report was published on 17 January 2007

Public Petitions Committee, 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2): Report on Visit to Berlin (September 2006) (SP Paper 719)